Daily aspirin can keep you `hearty` in your 50s

People in their 50s with risk factors for cardiovascular disease can benefit from popping one aspirin daily, says a government-appointed panel of independent experts.

ANI| Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016, 16:57 PM IST

Washington DC: People in their 50s with risk factors for cardiovascular disease can benefit from popping one aspirin daily, says a government-appointed panel of independent experts.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD and colorectal cancer in adults aged 50 to 59 years who have a 10 percent or greater 10-year CVD risk, are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years. This is a B recommendation.

The decision to initiate low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD and colorectal cancer in adults aged 60 to 69 years who have a 10 percent or greater 10-year CVD risk should be an individual one with his or her doctor. Those who are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years are more likely to benefit. This is a C recommendation.

While taking low-dose aspirin daily can help prevent heart attacks, stroke and cancer, it also increases the risk of serious harms, particularly risk of bleeding in the stomach and intestines, and strokes caused by bleeding in the brain.

The Task Force looked at the combined benefits and harms of taking aspirin for the primary prevention of both cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer in this recommendation.

More research is needed to assess whether taking aspirin is beneficial for people who are younger than 50 or 70 years and older.

The reviews are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.